Mike Jones - MBACP Integrative Counsellor
3 East Hill
Are you suffering from anxiety or depression? Has stress become overwhelming? Have you suffered a relationship breakdown, loss or bereavement? Are you struggling with addiction or patterns of behaviour such as anger, fear, or shyness, that are affecting your happiness and your relationships with others? Are you worrying about what the future might hold, or concerned about the past? Are you struggling at work or at home, with family, colleagues or friends?
Sometimes, whatever your worries, it's good to talk to someone who is on your side, who has experienced similar life issues, who is solid, safe and confidential, and who has had the highest level training in helping people through their problems.
My name is Mike Jones and I'm a BACP qualified integrative counsellor working in Colchester, Essex.
I understand that deciding to see a counsellor and then making a choice to see a particular person can be a daunting process. I hope these few questions and answers might help ease some of those worries. I'd be very happy to answer any questions personally if you would like to get in contact with me on 07867 884848. Please do leave a message or send a text and I can call you back.
What can I expect?
My approach gives you the opportunity to talk about any difficulties or distress in your life. You might come to counselling with any number of problems and things that are affecting your life and the way you are feeling. Counselling will give you a place of safety and confidentiality where you can be seen and heard.
How does counselling work?
I work using a person-centred approach which stresses the need to build warm, genuine and understanding relationships in all areas of our lives. It is such qualities that I bring to the counselling room.
I work in an integrative manner, which means that I draw on other different ways of counselling, such as CBT, Gestalt, Existential and Psychodynamic theory, in order to find a way of working that will best suit your needs.
Will you be the right counsellor for me?
I work with a wide variety of adult clients, with different backgrounds, gender, or ethnicities and with whatever issue or problem they might want to bring to the counselling room.
To make the counselling experience as accessible and comfortable as possible for all my clients I am very aware of the difficulties people can face when seeking support and help.
From personal experience I am aware that it can be difficult to seek support because of your role as a professional in a workplace, or as the member of a family or organisation.
I will be able to provide you with a safe and confidential place to talk about any of your concerns and anxieties about your life and its challenges, and through working together, enable you to come to your own understanding and draw on your own strength.
How long does counselling last?
Each session lasts 50 minutes. We will have some assessment sessions together and see how we get on. It will be important for you to see whether you feel that we can work together over a longer period of time.
We can then discuss and can regularly review our way of working together and the number of sessions you need or might want.
What if I want to know more?
You may have many questions about counselling, so please do not hesitate to contact me and I would be happy to discuss them with you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Working life before counselling
For 20 years I worked as a commissioning editor at a number of publishing companies in London. Reading and books are still an important part of my life. I have always been interested in the philosophy and psychology of living a meaningful life. I have a BA in Philosophy and an MA in History.
My counselling history
I have a Stage 3 BACP Certificate from the Gold Standard Accredited Course Programme at the Life-Force Centre in Colchester.
I have a Stage 4 Diploma BACP from the Gold Standard Accredited Course Programme at the Life-Force Centre in Colchester, which included 150 hours of client work.
I love working as a counsellor. I engage in regular CPD with the aim to continually broaden my learning and perspectives. I am particularly interested in mindfulness, spirituality and life's meaning, and have drawn greatly on existential teaching and writings.
My personal background
I live and work in Colchester with my family.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
Sessions last 50 minutes in central Colchester. I offer one £10 consultation session, then further sessions start at a rate of £40 (which includes room hire and VAT).
I can sometimes offer reduced rates so if the fee is not affordable for you, please be aware that this is something we can discuss.
I am available for some daytime and evening sessions Monday to Friday. We can discuss availability in advance.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), bound by its Ethical Framework for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy.
I attend monthly clinical supervision with a Senior Qualified Supervisor in accordance with the guidelines and requirements of BACP to maintain therapeutic standards of practice.
I hold an enhanced Criminal Record Bureau (DBS) disclosure certifying me as suitable for work with vulnerable adults.
I maintain Continued Professional Development to update my skills, broadening my experience by attending courses and seminars.
Telephone: 07867 884848 or email me.
If I am unable to take your call please leave a message with your name, telephone number and whether it is appropriate for me to call you back or leave a message. I'll endeavour to reply to any emails within 24 hours.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I work some weekday daytimes and evenings after 7pm. Please do contact me for further details.